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Sea snakes first entered the marine environment 15 million years ago

Sea snakes first entered the marine environment 15 million years ago and have been evolving ever since to survive in its changing light conditions,...

Exchange of Arms between Chromosomes Using Molecular Scissors

The CRISPR/Cas molecular scissors work like a fine surgical instrument and can be used to modify genetic information in plants. The research teams of...

Human activity threatens billions of years of evolutionary history

A ZSL study published in Nature Communications (Tuesday 26 May) maps the evolutionary history of the world's terrestrial vertebrates - amphibians, birds, mammals and...

Women with Neandertal gene give birth to more children

One in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neandertals – a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during...

A new Critically Endangered frog named after “the man from the...

A new species proposed to be classified as Critically Endangered of miniaturised stump-toed frog of the genus Stumpffia, found in Madagascar, is named Stumpffia...

New method reveals where in the cell DNA are at increased...

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new sequencing method that makes it possible to map how DNA is organized in the cell nucleus...

Nature-inspired CRISPR enzymes for expansive genome editing

In nature, bacteria use CRISPR as an adaptive immune system to protect themselves against viruses. Over the past decade, scientists have been able to...

Identifying cell types from single-cell RNA sequencing data is now more...

Identifying different types of cells within a tissue or an organ can be very challenging and time-consuming. Methods to identify cell types from single-cell...

Communication between mitochondria and other parts of the cell plays a...

As people get older, they often feel less energetic, mobile or active. This may be due in part to a decline in mitochondria, the...

Reactivating an enzyme that promotes repairing age-related DNA damage

MIT neuroscientists have discovered that an enzyme called HDAC1 is critical for repairing age-related DNA damage to genes involved in memory and other cognitive...

Biologists have invented a new way for sequencing circular DNA

University of Alberta biologists have invented a new way for sequencing circular DNA, according to a new study. The tool—called CIDER-Seq—will give other scientists...

Cannibalism helps invading invertebrates survive severe conditions

Researchers show how cannibalism among the invasive comb jelly enables adults to survive severe conditions at the edge of their ecological range with implications for the use and evolutionary origins of cannibalism

New study shines light on mysterious giant viruses

In recent years, giant viruses have been unearthed in several of the world’s most mysterious locations, from the thawing permafrost of Siberia to locations...

The new intensive farming increase the risk of animal pathogens transferring...

An international team of researchers led by the Universities of Bath and Sheffield, investigated the evolution of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium carried by cattle...

The loss of natural enemies could make it difficult to adapt...

What effect does species extinction have on the evolution of the surviving species? Evolutionary biologists from the University of Zurich have investigated this question...

Researchers have decoded for the first time the genome of Scaly-foot...

Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have decoded for the first time the genome of Scaly-foot Snail, a rare...

The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using...

Until now, scientists had assumed that there are about 80 so-called open reading frames (ORFs) in the genome of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)....

Mata Mata Turtle: A New Species Discovered

Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Uwe Fritz described a new species of mata mata turtle based on genetic analyses. Until now, it...

How Birds Evolved Big Brains

An international team of evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have reconstructed the evolution of the avian brain using a massive dataset of brain volumes from...

Coronaviruses and bats have been evolving together for millions of years

Bats do a lot of good for the world -- they pollinate plants, they eat disease-carrying insects, and they help disperse seeds that help...

Genetic Tracing ‘Barcode’ Is Rapidly Revealing COVID-19’s Journey and Evolution

Drexel University researchers have reported a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the virus that causes COVID-19. Their preliminary analysis, using...

Genetics expertise could transform fish production

The potential of fish and shellfish production to feed a growing global population could be significantly enhanced through advances in genetics and biotechnology, researchers...

Clemson geneticists zeroing in on genes affecting life span

Scientists believe about 25 percent of the differences in human life span is determined by genetics -- with the rest determined by environmental and...

Longevity gene discovered in plants

Harvesting rice from the same field, without planting new rice plants? A discovery may bring this scenario closer. Leiden scientists have discovered a gene...

Scientists discover bent-toed gecko species in Cambodia

A new species of bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis) has been described from Cambodia's Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary by Wild Earth Allies Biologist Thy Neang...

Bristol leads archaeologists on 5,000-year-old egg hunt

An international team of specialists, led by the University of Bristol, is closer to cracking a 5,000-year-old mystery surrounding the ancient trade and production...

The Evolution of Color: Team Shows How Butterfly Wings Can Shift...

A selective mating experiment by a curious butterfly breeder has led scientists to a deeper understanding of how butterfly wing color is created and...

Invasive species with charisma have it easier

An international team of scientists, led by the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and...

Breakthrough in unlocking genetic potential of ocean microbes

Researchers have made a major breakthrough in developing gene-editing tools to improve our understanding of one of the most important ocean microbes on the...

Oldest ever human genetic evidence clarifies dispute over our ancestors

Genetic information from an 800,000-year-old human fossil has been retrieved for the first time. The results shed light on one of the branching points...

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